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10/6/17 2:49 P

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Finding out I was pre-diabetic was the wake up call I needed to finally take my weight loss journey seriously. To stop yo-yoing and get rid if this weight for good. I created a plan I could live with for life and I haven’t looked back.

My last check up was so good the doctor asked me what I was doing, my medication was cut it in some cases stopped completely. I am healthier at 63 than I was in my 30’s.

I am not going back. I will never be ‘skinny’ but I will be as healthy as I can be for the rest of my life and SparkPeople helped me to get here.

Being positive is a choice so remember, “Every day is not good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Also, with God, all things are possible.

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10/5/17 8:46 A

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Like Patti (Lady Star Wind) finding out I was pre-diabetic was the best thing that could have happened! No family history, not obese--but overweight, and eating carbs like they were candy (which they often were). I also have RA and am 70 years old. The doctor in the hospital said get off the carbs and that was the total of his advice. So I went home and started reading, joined SparkPeople and the group Living Low Carb. Went cold turkey on sugar, processed foods and starchy veggies. The cravings stopped pretty quickly and I concentrated on high quality food--especially veggies. After three years, my A1c is normal (5.3--three years ago it was 6) and my fasting blood glucose is 84. I keep my carbs at about 20 net grams per day and eat a moderate amount of protein and a lot of fat (fat does not raise blood sugar). Veggies are a bigger part of my diet than they ever were--I used to hate them, but now diabetes is my enemy--and vegetables are very tasty. As an aside--my RA improved greatly on this way of eating as well. Do your research, commit to a lifestyle change and hang in there! We are all pulling for you.

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MIAMIRN,
your doctor is right on all the carb stuff. It all impacts blood sugar.

So I look at it this way, if you want to cut carbs, of course things like pure sugar are obvious. But what about other choices?

I sometimes look at how much of a particular nutrient I get per calorie eaten. So green peppers pack about 4 times the vitamin C per calorie consumed compared to oranges. So what to eat? Green peppers.

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10/4/17 5:34 P

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I know how disheartening it can be to find out you are diabetic. I was told that I was diabetic at the end of April. My A1C was 8.5. I had a doctor's appointment on August 30 and I had lost 27 pounds and my A1C was 6.2. Like you I have other health issues too. I have lymphedema in both my legs and I have a huge hernia on my left side that is inoperable. Try to stay positive. Stress can make all your health issues worse. Keep watching what you eat. Get the dietician to help you come up with a plan that helps all your health issues. Hang in there!!



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10/2/17 5:36 P

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I totally went through similar feelings. Overwhelmed and felt like it was the end of my life. I would never get to eat my favorite foods again. Which isn't true. We can eat anything, in moderation. But my eating was unhealthy, way too many carbs. Which yes, while healthy people can eat all those, people with insulin resistance can't.

I've had to go on insulin now. And I went through it again. Felt like a failure. But its your body malfunctioning. Not anything you did.

Definitely talk to your doctor about exercise. I also have Fibro and I have to be careful how much aerobic activity I do. If I overdo it - I pay for it the next day. Water exercise really helps if I'm especially in pain.





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10/2/17 1:16 P

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Welcome to Spark People and the path toward increased health and well-being!

I've been a T2 diabetic for over half of my life. Haven't always been in good control, but here and improving day by day.

A lot of good advice here, but the thing I want to stress above all is to test and find what works for you!

When I was diagnosed, I was told to limit fruit. As it turns out, fruit doesn't raise my glucose levels in the slightest, but a huge baked potato will put me over the edge faster than you can say, well, "baked potato."

There's also tons and tons of food plans around, much of it conflicting. I tend to follow Dr. Furhman (Eat to Live, etc.) Who really pushes GBOMBS (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, seeds/nuts.) And also believe that too much meat protein contributes to and increases diabetes (see reknowned bariatric surgeon Dr Garth Davis' book, "Proteinaholic.")

Listen, question, get support here. Feel your feelings deeply and don't deny the blow that this diagnosis can feel like. And then turn it around when you're ready. Be happy to have had the warning and to have taken positive action for the rest of your long, healthful life!

We're here for you!

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"A problem shared is a problem halved!"

There is a reason for that expression, and you experienced the reason...... A reduction in anxiety, etc. :-)

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Hi guys! emoticon

I want to thank everyone who has posted and given me support here. It does make a difference. I tend to just lurk and read articles. Spark works better for me when I share. I also poured my heart out to my son last night. I told him my deepest fears. Whether my feelings were rational or not was not important. What was important was I shared my feeling, got it off my chest. An hour later I had a burst of energy for no reason at all. I knew my fear and anxiety turned the other direction. I felt relief, like a burden was lifted.

I made an appointment with a endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes. My appointment is for this Wednesday. I still have to call the nurse practitioner in the diabetes center of the hospital. I was so pleased to find out there was a diabetes center in the hospital. I think some hospitals are starting to take diabetes serious now. There are so many more people with diabetes. If only there was some way to control what is put on the shelves of grocery stores and what is on the menu in restaurants, we most probably wouldn't have this problem. Oh and lets go back to horse and buggy, where most people walked everywhere. Lol.

I had a great day today! If you like you can go to today's blog in about half an hour. I'm going to follow up on yesterday's blog of gloom and doom. emoticon

Have a very good day!

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Quite honestly...getting a "pre-diabetes" diagnosis was the best thing that happened to me. It was a bit of a shock all right...even if I knew I was overweight (gratefully... never obese)... but there was no family history of diabetes. I resolved that I would do what I could to keep it at "Controlled Pre-Diabetes"...and for over 10 years now, that has been my story. I agree with a previous poster that it isn't always about weight loss even though that helps considerably. Some of us just have pancreas that aren't going to work as well as others....just as some of us have genetics which pre-dispose us to high cholesterol or arthritis in its many forms (mine is gout...and now osteo).

My first step was to work with a Registered Dietician---I hope you love yours as much as I did mine! The one-on-one counseling and accountability did wonders for me and got me on track to get my weight down to a more reasonable level. She got me focused on cutting back carbs: goal 45/meal. (I was 5'2", 168lbs) and it was enough of a change to trigger my body to respond. I hadn't realized how "out of shape" I'd become either, and with even 15 lbs off....exercise became easier. Have patience, keep it as a goal....!

And I'm glad to learn you have a good relationship with your doctor. That's kind of a secret weapon in my book! My current doctor is VERY helpful---especially since he has T2 Diabetes himself! My original doctor gave me the advice: "If you don't want Diabetes, eat like you already have it." My current one gave me some more specific goals (for my height and weight): since I am older now (66) he suggested a further cut in carbs to 25 NET per meal; eating my veggies before my other carbs (to slow absorption of carbs which more quickly break down into sugars); walk for 10 min after eating; and make my breakfast larger than lunch, which is larger than dinner. Seems to have helped!! With the osteoarthritis, we also determined that just a moderate weight loss which kept my pre-diabetes in control was not enough: so that's why I'm still here on SPark, looking to lose that elusive last 5 lbs now.

I realize I've been fortunate to not also fight other medical conditions at the same time. Although "eating to control gout" just didn't jive with "eating to control Pre-Diabetes"....so I take meds for my gout, and work on my pre-diabetes.

There may come a day when I cannot control pre-diabetes by eating, exercise and weight maintenance.... and that's ok. THEN I will consider meds. I would gladly take them rather than suffer the effects of uncontrolled diabetes. You have to choose your path...and that's mine for now.
I'm not sure if there is research which shows a relationship between controlling pre-diabetes and helping to keep fibromyalgia in control.... You might look into that---if so, then you are getting a double benefit with working on this. All the best on your Journey!!
patti

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I can understand that you are grieving - it is a perfectly normal reaction.

It is an excellent idea that you joined the Diabetes part of SparkPeople, AND that you have an appointment with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in Diabetes.

If you aren't already, I strongly suggest that you weigh all of your food for increased accuracy and enter it all into the Nutrition Tracker. When you go to your appointment, print out "Today's Full Report" which will also pick up the Daily Note function attached. Use this function to record things like your Blood Sugar results and the time in relation to what your various meals, so that it is easier to spot a correlation if there is one.

Asking for a referral to an Endocrinologist could also be a good idea, and certainly something worth thinking about if there is no improvement.

Good luck,
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My sister was diagnosed with RA at age 16. They told her she'd be in a wheelchair by age 20. That did NOT happen, although she has had both knees replaced and drives with handicapped plates. (Since then, she has always had a full-time job, although she was recently laid off and is now looking for a new job.) She is age 60 now and is on many, MANY prescriptions. My mom had type II diabetes and her mom had type I. (My sister was diagnosed with fibromyalgia also) and is also "prediabetic". She has to sleep with a CPAP machine due to sleep apnea and other issues. She eats a LOT of sugar and processed, "white" carbs. She is very overweight; however, I'm NOT on board with the "lose weight for a cure" because it does not necessarily work for everyone. It's more the quality of what we eat regularly and other lifestyle influences. Everyone is different. I just know that I have friends and relatives who have gone from pre-diabetic to GREAT A1C and serum glucose levels (regardless of weight) by cutting out sugar and processed carbs (like breads, pasta, cakes, cookies, donuts and other pastries, etc.) My brother-in-law cut out soda and was able to quit his meds, but then he started with all the "bad carbs" and sugary stuff again and now he's on insulin once more. Another factor that can have tremendous positive influence is to maintain regular activity, even if you have to do it in a heated swimming pool or from a chair. I don't need to tell you that! As a nurse, you probably know more about that than many of us. (I'm just sharing for other readers.)
There IS hope! I pray that all your endocrine results come out normal! Best wishes for you and your loved ones!

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My friend who is a bad diabetic...has the most luck lowering her blood sugar with a low carb diet. Many doctors give you the 'heart healthy' diet which actually has too many carbs. They are being sued over this. Talk to your nutritionist about it.

https://www.diabetesdaily.com/learn-about-diabetes/diabetes-diet/how-to-start-a-low-carb-diabetes-diet/

Good luck. I'm glad you will see an endocrinologist.

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Oh my! I never gave it a thought to see an endocrinologist. Of course! It makes perfect sense! What if my numbers have to do with something I am not aware of. I am sure diet and lifestyle is a key to getting better, if nothing else, but to be healthier. But what if it's my liver that's the problem and not my pancreas! I might be in need of medicine and only certain labs would show that. Besides the Dietitian, I am going to see an endocrinologist. Just another specialist to see, I guess. Lol. It's a pity my nursing knowledge is shrowded by denial. It is something very hard to see oneself opposed to seeing what's so obvious in others. I should step outside myself and give myself some nursing advise sometime. I am certain I should come up with some good medical questions. I like Web MD to learn new things. There are so many good medical sites I can learn from. I'm not knocking Spark People. I'm sure there are tons of good lay articles, but for more advanced information sites like these are very helpful.

I really appreciate you posting to me. It's made a world of difference.

Thanks ever so much! :)

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emoticon to you.

My DH is Type 2. He has never been overweight. Many folks think that if someone is Type 2, they just need to lose weight and then they'd be "cured".... but that's not always the case. DH never had any weight to lose. And of course, Type 1 has nothing to do with overweight at all.

DH saw his PCP (who diagnosed him with Type 2) for years, and he could never get his numbers under control. Misplaced loyalty, as far as I was concerned. We eventually moved 80 miles away for DH's work, and then he started seeing an endocrinologist. It made all the difference-- to see a specialist. Like you said, you were a pediatric RN but your specialty was rehab. Sometimes when you've got a problem, you need a specialist. He goes to the endo 4 times a year for check-ups, lab work, etc. It goes without saying that it's important to follow your doctor's recommendations. I know other folks who also see DH's endocrinologist... but they aren't willing to make any lifestyle changes, and they haven't seen an improvement in their numbers, like DH has.

DH has other medical issues. Recently, he was told he needs an ostomy to try to correct a problem with fistulas, caused by radiation treatment years ago for colorectal cancer. It seems the radiated tissue never healed properly. I must say, that that bit of news was met by "shock and awe" by us. It can be overwhelming and disheartening at the same time. We're of the same sort of attitude as you, though-- after an initial period of sadness, frustration, etc-- it boils down to, what tools do we have available to us, what do we do to move forward, what changes do we make, to live well with this.

Spark is such a great source of information and tools, to help us. And a supportive community to boot.

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Hi everyone.

I have been diagnosed with prediabetes bordering on diabetes. My A1C is 6.1. One point higher (6.2) I will officially be diabetic.When I joined SP I was 186 lbs and now I'm 152 lbs. It's a big accomplishment for me. It's been enormous work just to lose this small amount of weight.

I have a new doctor. Last week she reviewed my labs with me. The results were disheartening. Instead of losing weight and my A1C dropping, I'm losing weight and my A1C is rising. I like this new doctor. The new doc recommended eliminating all added sugar and products containing added sugar, fructose, glucose, maltose, etc. and reducing carbs and fats. She recommended me going on a diabetic diet too. For a few days I have been in a little bit of shock and just read some articles on diabetes. Today, I decided rather than wait for my dietitian appointment I would join the Spark D Nutrition Plan to track my food and so I did. I realize there's a great deal to learn about how to eat to keep my blood sugar normal throughout the day and night. I also bought a Glucometer/A1C tester. I called my new dietitian and asked if it was a good idea to start using it and he said, definitely. I begun setting it up today. There's such a lot to learn and I'm a little overwhelmed. I am a retired pediatric RN. I did a bit of work with type 1 Diabetic children, but that was years and years ago. My specialty was rehabilitation. I am really looking forward to see a dietitian who is also a diabetes educator. As I signed up for the diabetes Nutrition Tracker I started to tear up. I was overcome with sadness. What makes it hard is I have other medical conditions. I have rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with Fibro last Spring. It's a disease of pain, part neurologic and part autoimmune. I take Cymbalta for it. Cymbalta works to combat the pain. But sometimes the pain is so intense all I can do is go to bed. Aerobic exercise is the first line medical treatment for Fibro. Lately aerobics has been near to impossible to do. I am still puzzled how I can do aerobics with such severe pain, but I refuse to give up. I walk every day as best as I can. RA is also an autoimmune illness. If not controlled medically it can be fatal, that is if it attacks your organs. To keep it in controlled, every two months I get IV medication. I've been stable for about 4 years.The last insult upon injury was being diagnosed with a A1C of 6.1. I've been trying unsuccessfully for about 5 years to control it. I wish my past doctor had helped me. Unfortunately his advise was near to ineffective. He recommended I exercise more, eat less and accept the fact I am getting older and so is my pancreas. I feel like the past few years have been wasted. Through my grief I do feel I have been blessed with my new doctor. She has really help me see what I can do to help myself. I am so disappointed in my condition and everything seems to be a struggle. On the other hand I know I will bounce back with a better mood. I'm the type of person that is very stubborn and won't give up. Rest assured my sadness, disappointment, frustration and grief will turn into a fighting spirit.

I think it's wonderful Spark People has a place to pour out feeling. Thanks so much!
I really appreciate it.

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